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Raiders’ Jon Gruden: “We have a ways to go” | SFGate

Head coach Jon Gruden wore an expression equal parts shock and disgust Sunday on the sideline, as his Raiders let another second-half lead evaporate in their 28-20 loss to Miami. One day later, Gruden occasionally struck a philosophical tone, clearly trying to balance his simmering frustration with the need to stay upbeat.

Raiders, Texans headline NFL teams with early reason to panic | NFL.com
Jon Gruden's Raiders are 0-3. As are Bill O'Brien's Texans. Meanwhile, the 49ers are suddenly down in the dumps and the Cowboys look listless. Who has legit cause for concern? Who needs to just take a deep breath? Adam Schein assesses the panic scale.

Oakland Raiders: Mark Davis must own Gruden, McKenzie issue | Mercury News
There's strife in the Raiders' facility and the only one who can fix it is the man who set it in motion.

Mike Nugent has hip injury, Raiders look to sign new kicker this week | Silver and Black Pride

Now Nugent is injured. The veteran kicker suffered a hip injury in the team’s game in Miami, and Jon Gruden is concerned he may not be able to go against the Browns this week. Unlike some positions, there is no backup kicker, so when the kicker can’t go, a replacement must be added.

The Morning After: Red Zone failings doom Raiders in loss to Miami Dolphins | Silver and Black Pride

If the Raiders were more effective in the red zone against the Dolphins they would have never even come close to losing this game. That isn’t to let the defense completely off the hook though, they did allow themselves to be embarrassed on two tricky plays from the Dolphins when the game was on the line.

Raiders week three snap counts vs Dolphins: Clinton McDonald leads all defensive linemen, registers team’s only sack | Silver and Black Pride

It’s rather surprising to see considering McDonald was cut by the Broncos in the final roster cuts and wasn’t picked up by a team. It just shows you the lack of depth on the Raiders defensive line, due in part to the injuries to Justin Ellis (foot) and PJ Hall (ankle).

Raiders’ Jon Gruden on Khalil Mack: ‘It’s Hard to Trade One of the Best Players’ | Bleacher Report

Oakland could use a pass-rushing piece like Mack considering it is last in the league with three sacks. Opposing quarterbacks have enjoyed plenty of time to sit back in the pocket and wait for routes to develop, which is a major reason the Raiders are struggling.

AFC West

Is Denver’s first loss an anomaly or harbinger of things to come? | Mile High Report

But then you look at the schedule and see what looms for Denver. In two of the next three games, it plays host to the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams. Given how the Broncos looked on the road in Baltimore, the New York Jets is no guaranteed win either. But those two games in particular against the Chiefs and Rams will tell us a lot about this team. When you take a more expansive look at what looms for Denver, a 2-3 record in the next five games is the best case scenario.

Kansas City Chiefs stand as early favorites over Denver Broncos | 247sports.com

According to lines from Sportsline.com, the Chiefs as of Monday stood as 4.5-point favorites over the Broncos after the line opened at 3.5. The over/under for the game stood at 55.

Kiszla vs. O’Halloran: Is the Broncos’ quest to win the AFC West dead with a loss to Kansas City? | Denver Post

Even if the Broncos lose to Kansas City, it doesn’t mean their division hopes are dashed. Remember, the Chiefs started 5-0 last year before losing six of their next seven games. Any team coached by Andy Reid has a chance to be a come-from-ahead-to-lose story.

Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs look a lot like 2014-15 Stephen Curry, Warriors | SF Chronicle

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes plays the role of Curry. Remember how Curry took off as a superstar that season when he was handed the keys to rookie head coach Steve Kerr’s dynamic new offense?

Los Angeles Chargers should trade for Seahawks Earl Thomas | Bolt Beat

There are other issues that need to be addressed also. Take a look at the backside of this defense at safety. It has been awesome to see Derwin James shine on the field and he is a superstar in the making. He is going to be an elite player in this game for years to come. The problem is at the other safety position. In order for this secondary to live up to this JackBoyz moniker that they have coined, they need to find someone that can play free safety.

Chiefs continue to inquire about trade for Earl Thomas | NFL.com

A team source on Monday told NFL.com’s Jeffri Chadiha that the Chiefs continue to inquire about a trade for Thomas but admits it would be difficult pull off. The source said the interest in Thomas is not related to any concerns over the health of Eric Berry.

NFL News

Big Ben, Steelers withstand Fitz’s rally to beat Bucs | NFL.com

Whew, that was close. The Pittsburgh Steelers escaped disaster on Monday night, withstanding a furious second-half comeback from Ryan Fitzpatrick to defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 30-27.

Jimmy Garoppolo suffers season-ending torn ACL | NFL.com

San Francisco’s darkest fears have become reality: Jimmy Garoppolo’s season is over.

It’s official: Baker Mayfield named starting quarterback for Browns after impressive debut | CBS Sports

Mayfield entered with 1:45 to go in the second quarter and completed his first three passes for 47 yards, and set up a field goal. That was a prelude of what was to come; he went 14 of 19 for 154 yards over the final 30 minutes and lead the Browns to a 21-17 victory, their first win in 635 days.

Josh Rosen will replace Sam Bradford as Cardinals starting QB, team announces | Yahoo Sports

Rosen replaced utterly ineffective Sam Bradford in the final minutes of the Arizona Cardinals’ Week 3 loss to the Chicago Bears. Although Rosen couldn’t pull off a comeback win, he was put in a terrible position by his coaches and they understood that Bradford couldn’t start again this week for an 0-3 team.

Steelers now listening to trade offers for Le’Veon Bell | NFL.com

The Steelers have received a few inquiries from teams looking to trade for the franchised running back, and they have not shot those down as they once did, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.